Ray Leight and I had a great meeting at Mid-Atlantic States Career and Education Center (MASCEC) with their President & CEO, H Glen Donelson, Jeff Truax (VP of Projects and Media), Walter Donelson (Training Specialist and Supported Employment) and Tracy Wiggins (Communications Manager). As members of Salem County’s Disability Awareness Board, Ray and I have been looking at ways to improve awareness of career services for individuals with special needs and we fully recommend this program.
The mission of MASCEC focuses on building effective community partnerships, improving the health and well being of the individuals and families that they serve, provide career and job skill development for the disadvantaged and disabled workers and create a sustainable stable community. Some specifics are as follows:
- Provide basic job skill training to youth and adults seeking to enter or re-enter the workforce in a variety of industry sectors
- Provide career development and exploration activities to youth K-12
- Offer schools and other education institutions cutting edge programs, curricula, and teacher training
- Support youth struggling in school with mentoring, tutoring, and job skill development
- Offer job certification programs for individuals in the food and energy sectors
- Provide job training and placement to adults and youth who have dropped out of school and the workforce, been incarcerated or have had other difficulties which prevent them from obtaining and retaining employment
Their main office is located at 111 S. Broadway, Pennsville, NJ 08070. You can call their office at 856 514 2200, go on their website www.wegrowpeople.org or contact Glenn by e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
I have known Glenn for a long time as a member of the Salem County ARC board, and as a guidance counselor who received the assistance I needed to create a solid Job Shadow program at Monongahela Middle School. He and his organization have a passion for helping people grow and develop.